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Book Review: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures

Book Review: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures

Book Details:   Title: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures Author: Advait Series: Mudra Healing Series Book 1 Genre: Self-help Publication Date: May 18th, 2015   My Thoughts on the Book While I am somewhat aware of the concept […]

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Details:    Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   My Thoughts:  30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just […]

Book Review: Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons From My Grandfather Nelson Mandela

Book Review: Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons From My Grandfather Nelson Mandela

Today (July 18th) is Nelson Mandela Day. The importance of this great and peaceful man is not to be dismissed, and will still resonate with for us a long time from now. I wanted to take the opportunity to touch upon a great book about a great leader, that has fought so hard for the rights of many South African’s and paid so dearly for it.

Book Details:

Title: Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons From My Grandfather Nelson Mandela

Author: Ndaba Mandela

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publication Date: June 26th, 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction, Biographical

 

My thoughts on the book

This story is heart-wrenching, deeply touching, and at times frustrating – not with the narrative, or how it was constructed, but when we as the reader remember, that this is not a story about a time long gone, but a story about our recent times.

I remember being told about apartheid, and it’s brutality while taking an Ethics class in Germany, and how I could barely imagine the truth about this atrocity – what we learned, never left me, so it was clear that I would pursue the chance to read a first-hand account of how it was to survive (and sometimes thrive for a brief moment) during this time.

Some moments are hard to read, the emotional and in depth details that Ndaba Mandela chooses to share are raw, but they must be heard. After all, we can only learn from that which we remember, and even if South Africa is far away (from this book reading Las Vegas resident, at least), it is important.

The life lessons within this book are honest, deep, and cover just about every subject, as Ndaba recalls his Grandfather’s words and guidance.

What is also profound, is that it gives an insight into a culture we may not understand, but can learn so much from. It is also a story about growth, about the power of will, and the overcoming of obstacles, and struggles.

I came to believe that this book is a must-read for just about everyone – I can not point out a specific group of people who would benefit more – those of us who remember hearing about apartheid as it was happening (even from the distance) – or those who are the generation that needs to learn that struggles can be overcome, and how in the big scheme of things, their obstacles may not be as big as they may have imagined.

 

Book Rating

5 out of 5 Stars

 

Book Summary:

The first-ever book to tell Nelson Mandela’s life through the eyes of the grandson who was raised by him, chronicling Ndaba Mandela’s life living with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders and humanitarians the world has ever known.

To the rest of the world, Nelson Mandela was a giant: an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a world-renowned humanitarian, and South Africa’s first black president. To Ndaba Mandela, he was simply “Granddad.” In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba tells how he came to live with Mandela shortly after he turned eleven–having met each other only once, years before, when Mandela was imprisoned at Victor Verster Prison–and how the two of them slowly, cautiously built a relationship that would affect both their lives in extraordinary ways.

It wasn’t an easy transition. Mandela had high expectations for those around him, especially his family, and Ndaba chafed at the strict rules and exacting guidelines in his grandfather’s home. But at the same time–through overheard calls from foreign dignitaries as well as the Xhosa folk wisdom that his grandfather shared with him at every opportunity–Ndaba was learning how to be a man. On a scale, both personal and epic, Ndaba’s extraordinary journey mirrors that of South Africa’s coming of age–from the segregated Soweto ghettos into which he was born to the privileged life in which he grew up and the turbulent yet exciting times in which he carries on his grandfather’s legacy.

Going to the Mountain is, in the end, a story about unlocking the power within each of us. It’s a cautionary tale about how a child’s life can go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul–and about the awesome power of love to serve as a catalyst for change.


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Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book details: Title: 200 Ways to Make a Salad Publisher: Dover Publishing Publishing Date: Originally published in 1914 My thoughts My first impression of  200 Ways To Make A Salad was that it had an interesting and promising title I was interested to see if […]

Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Details: Title: Show What You Are Made Of – Live The Life You Deserve Author: Marie Frappier Publication Date: December 6th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help My Thoughts Show What You Are Made Of is incredibly personal and insightful, something that is rare to see. The honest […]

Book Review: Stop Reading – A Strategy To Read Less And Comprehend More

Book Review: Stop Reading – A Strategy To Read Less And Comprehend More

Book Details:

Author: Dr. Rick Smith
Publication Date: December 18th, 2017
Genre: Education

My Thoughts: 

As a mother of one dyslexic child, I am always interested getting more information about reading and learning techniques that can help kids like mine. While I am no longer in need of practical advice (my kids are older), I am happy about any new information out there, that makes lives easier for children, parents, and teachers.
Stop Reading was informative, well-constructed and made a lot of sense. It showcased true care for children who are otherwise often marginalized or just discarded as “not as bright”, which is far from the truth.
This book is practical and will work well in the classroom setting, as well as the homeschool family. The techniques are described well and will be easy to implement, with patience and understanding.
The only gripe I have with this book is that it made me want more, it is quite short, but do not let this distract you. There is a lot of info packed in these short pages, and it makes a great introduction to a worth-while technique.

My Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Are you a teacher or parent of a reluctant reader? Do you read the same page over and over without realising it? The STOP Reading method is both a reading strategy and powerful study tool. This book effectively equips people to increase comprehension by taking advantage of the most powerful evidence-based reading strategies. Although the STOP reading method is particularly helpful for those affected by Dyslexia, ADD, it is also useful for anyone who is looking to drastically increase their ability to comprehend what they read. This book presents both evidence and examples for mastering, and teaching, these strategies. Download it now and try it out.

Author Bio:

Dr. Rick Smith spent nearly two decades supporting students who struggle in school. Starting out as a frustrated learner himself, he overcame his challenges to achieve honours degrees for his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate of Education. He is a pioneer of the STOP reading method, a strategy for increasing reading comprehension for all ability levels. Dr. Smith has trained over 1,000 teachers and parents on three continents in settings ranging from elite international schools and inner-city public schools to educational organisations, such as the Education Bureau of Hong Kong. Currently, Dr. Rick Smith is a co-chair on the board of the Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong, in addition to a robust speaking engagement schedule and supporting with students in a one-to-one setting. Contact at: EmotionFocusedTeaching.Com
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Book Review: Passive Income by David J. Green

Book Review: Passive Income by David J. Green

Book Detail: Book Title: Passive Income Author: David J. Green Genre: Business, Web-Marketing, E-Commerce Publication Date: August 27th, 2017 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars   As a book blogger, I am quite aware of the concept of passive income, and the basics of some […]

Book Review: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule – A Useful Addition To The Original?

Book Review: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule – A Useful Addition To The Original?

Title: Workbook – The 5 Second Rule Author: Julie Ann Price Genre: Self-help, Self-Improvement Publisher: W.O.O. Publishing Publication Date: June 20th, 2017 My Thoughts: I am wary of books that are based on other books, in general. However, I do enjoy workbooks and find them […]

Book Review: Cheap Psychological Tricks – How to Get What You Want and Be Happy

Book Review: Cheap Psychological Tricks – How to Get What You Want and Be Happy

Book Details:

Title: Cheap Psychological Tricks

Author: Perry W. Buffington

Publisher: MJF Books

Genre: Self-Help, Psychology

 

My thoughts:

 

This little book packs a lot more punch, then you may expect when you look at it for the first time. It is skinny, has a relatively plain – but cute – cover, and not much fuss, but then it is time to take a peek inside and discover it’s true depth.

Cheap Psychological Tricks covers a wide variety of subjects, from relationships to potty training, to success, and dieting. With a book that has such a wide subject range, you would think it would be shallow, but quite the contrary. While all points are made quickly – and like I mentioned without any fuzz – they are powerful in their small package and give the reader much to ponder over.

This is not necessarily a book you need to read from cover to cover – some topics, such as the parenting of small children, don’t apply to everyone – so don’t waste your time on those unless you are truly curious. Well, you never know you may be able to share your newfound wisdom with someone who is in need of a little pick me up or advice?

I truly enjoyed reading this book and will check back with it often, as I am working myself through the notes I have made – after all, what worth is a self-help book if you don’t apply what you have learned?

If you are looking for a quick read, and a few common sense tips on a wide variety of subjects, Cheap Psychological Tricks will be a perfect fit!

 

Book Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

Book Summary:

“Sometimes patience, dedication, and old-fashioned hard work just aren’t enough. That’s when you need to turn to “cheap psychological Tricks-unusual tactics and sly strategies that will help you reach your goals in virtually any situation. With psychologist Perry Buffington as your guide, this book takes you on a tour of human behavior and shows you how to use its unexpected twists and quirks to help you (among other things): *Get a Raise *Improve your test scores without studying *Avoid Speeding Tickets *Help your baby sleep *Potty train little boys *Avoid Overeating *Make someone fall in love with you

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Book Review: Strong Memory, Sharp Mind by Frank Minirth

Book Review: Strong Memory, Sharp Mind by Frank Minirth

Book Details: Title: Strong Memory, Sharp Mind Author: Frank Minirth Publisher: Revell Publication Date: June 20th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review My Thoughts:  I did not get as much out Strong Memory, Sharp […]